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Kevin McCarthy’s Bridesmaid Era

When Johnson was elected on Wednesday, McCarthy’s closest allies and senior aides woke up to the harsh reality that it was time to pack up the speaker’s office.
When Johnson was elected on Wednesday, McCarthy’s closest allies and senior aides woke up to the harsh reality that it was time to pack up the speaker’s office. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
October 27, 2023

It’s been less than a year since Kevin McCarthy’s brutally painful, borderline humiliating speakership coronation, and a mere three weeks since he was ousted, and yet the former speaker only now seems to be charting out his new reality. Until Mike Johnson’s ascent to his former throne, McCarthy seemed to be holding on—dwelling in his old office, keeping the speaker’s Twitter handle, and not-so-slyly angling for a powerful, but soft landing for himself under the Dome.